The Best Victorian Sponge Cake


This is an easy recipe for those moments when only a sponge cake will do.  Sponge cakes are very versatile. They are a plain cake that can be customized with a variety of fillings and icings.

The Best Victorian Sponge Cake


6 oz self-raising flour. *
6 oz sugar.
6 oz butter.
3 extra large eggs.


Prepare two 7 1/2″ cake tins, pre- heat oven to 325 F.

1. Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy and drops off spoon easily.

2. Beat in the eggs one at a time.

3. Fold in flour.

4. Divide batter between tins.

5. Bake for 25 minutes.

6. Leave in pans for a few minutes then place on a cooling rack until completely cold.

To make the butter cream beat together 4oz butter, 8oz icing sugar, 7tsp water and a few drops of vanilla extract.

Assemble the cake by placing strawberry jam and butter cream between the two cakes. Sprinkle the top with a light dusting of icing sugar and serve.

Note: If you don’t have self-raising flour, you can use a teaspoon of baking powder with 6 oz of all-purpose flour.



In pictures: Hundreds of migrants leave Hungary on foot

More than 160,000 refugees have entered Hungary. But many have grown frustrated after being stuck at two train stations in the country and have set off on foot for Austria.

Source: In pictures: Hundreds of migrants leave Hungary on foot

The plight of the Syrian Refugees has not gone unnoticed in the world. They do need to be processed and I feel for Hungary. They may be over whelmed with the influx of so many people and not have in place a way to process so many.  I don’t think that the Syrians should just walk all over Europe and bully the EU in to not following their immigration procedures.  They are refugees after all and the countries they land in are their hosts.

Also, notice there are no women in these shots. So the men are going on ahead and will send for the women and children?